Kathy J. Caldwell, P.E.
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Professional Experience
Qualifications

Licensed Professional Engineer with a diverse background in consulting engineering.

Leadership style is collaborative and servient, without fear of tough decisions.

Experience:

I'll build a bit on my professional experience with a personal slant.  Your can find my professional resume, biographical information and more on ASCE's web site election page at:

http://content.asce.org/Board20Elections/2010/index.html

Adjunct Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL:  Beginning this fall it will be my honor to join the faculty at the University of Florida as an adjunct Professor.  I will be working with the ASCE Student Chapter as well as Structural, Geotechnical and Construction Departments to teach the capstone course.  This will allow me to use my experience as a multi-discipline Project Manager to give students "real world" design and management tools. 

President, Caldwell Cook and Associates, Gainesville, FL, May 2008 to Present:  This consulting entity is solely owned by my husband and I.  It is currently intended to capture the services we provide to technical entities.  The future activities of our firm will largely depend on the results of ASCE President-Elect election.

President, JEA Construction Engineering, Inc., Gainesville, FL, July 1999 to May 2008

I had the great opportunity to start up a brand new subsidiary of Jones Edmunds in this position, as a result of the growth of our Florida Department of Transportation Construction Engineering and Inspection Services market sector (see experience below).  Our projects included interesting bridge rehabilitation projects, new rest area construction and some significant interchange and roadway construction.  An interesting project was the renovation of the Main Street bridge in downtown Jacksonville, which became the logo structure for the Superbowl.  Revenue grew to 25% of Jones Edmunds revenue.

Vice President, Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc., Gainesville, FL, October 1989 to May 2008:

I started with Jones Edmunds as an engineer-in-training after moving to Gainesville where Ron had been offered an Associate Professor position at the University of Florida.  For the first few years I did primarily structural design for water and wastewater facilities.  Diversification of experience was important so I also did design work for several large landfill projects.  Upon licensure I became the Assistant Director of Design.  I enjoyed working as Project Engineer and Project Manager on several large projects during their construction phase and the success of these projects led me to the position of Construction Services Manager and Vice President.  I participated in Jones Edmunds strategic planning and growth over the years - seeing the firm grow from 40 to 300.

Structural and Civil Engineer in Training, Parkhill Smith and Cooper, Inc., Austin, TX, October 1986 to October 1989:
I had the good fortune of working with PSC while Ron was getting his PhD at the University of Texas.  I was assigned rest area projects all over the state of Texas - both complete renovation and new construction.  It was great to see them through planning, design, and construction and working in such a diverse area of work.  Site development, structural design, water and waste water treatment - rest areas have it all.  I was also the Project Engineer on the design of a major urban roadway widening.  Austin was a great place to live, even on a tight budget, but PSC was closing their Austin branch and Ron had an offer to become a Gator, so it was off to Gainesville.

Structural Engineer in Training, Lockwood Greene Engineers, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN, July 1985 to July 1986:
This was my first job upon graduation from UT and I got great experience in structural design.  My biggest project was the then Puralator Currier 400,000 sq ft package handling facility at the Indianapolis airport.  I enjoyed working in multi-discipline teams including structural, civil, mechanical, process and electrical engineers.  Ron had left TVA and was working in his own firm, where he discovered the joys of teaching and forensic engineering - so off to Austin to get his PhD.

Engineering Technician, Gilbert Associates, Inc., Knoxville, TN, November 1981 to September 1982: 
The nuclear industry was going strong in east Tennessee during this time and I participated as a pipe stress analysist and then as a field technician checking pipe support construction and redesigning support configuration where needed due to conflicts.  This is where I first became interested in structural engineering.  I remain grateful to the supervisor that said "I hope you like what you are doing because without a degree this is as far as we can take you."  This was not the kind of thing I like to hear so, single and having finally saved enough for University - it was time to get that degree in Civil Engineering!

Designer, United Engineers & Constructors, Inc., Knoxville, TN

Drafter/Designer, Dow Chemical Company, Knoxville, TN and Houston, TX, October 1975 to December 1979


 

 

Education

Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
Knoxville, TN
June 1985

Affiliations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Florida Engineering Society
  • University of Florida External Advisory Panel

Awards

  •  ASCE Florida Section Presidents Award, 2006 and 2008
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tennessee, 2005
  • Engineer of the Year, Florida Section, 1996
  • Engineer of the Year, Gainesville Branch, 1995
  • Nominee, ASCE Extraordinary Women Engineers Project
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